Talk:UK Quarterly Project

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A collection of ideas for the UK Quarterly Project. Please discuss via the talk-gb mailing list and update this with notes if and when there is some consensus.

Main Candidates for next quarter

Solar panels

Why? There are approx 800,000 rooftop solar PV installations in Britain, and together they provide around half of the country's solar capacity. If we can map them, at least their latitude and longitude, this information can be useful for tasks such as predicting how much solar energy we'll get on a particular day, or searching for new suitable rooftops for future installations.

Rooftop solar panels are often very visible - they should be fairly easy to map. And to a small extent, once mapped they serve as landmarks for within residential areas. Solar panels mapped as areas are already displayed in OpenInfraMap or the data can be used for other analyses of the UK's power network.

> ==> See the page Rooftop Solar PV for lots of details.

This idea has been combined with industrial-scale solar to make a larger project area.

Ideas (in alphabetical order)

'A'-road corridor detail

By an 'A'-road corridor I mean the highway, adjacent land to property boundaries, buildings and landuse immediately beyond those property boundaries. The types of detail to be mapped would vary according to whether the highway is in an urban or rural area. Generic details of the road would include: maxspeed, lanes, lit, surface, minheight, sidewalk (and in rural areas verge). In towns it would be nice to ensure the main roads have all buildings with their addresses added. In rural areas hedges, fences etc. bounding the roads, and landuse where ascertainable. Further detail can be provided by lanes & direction tagging for lane navigation in satnavs.

If 'A'-roads are too much, then the focus should be on trunk first.

A decent proportion of these roads is now covered by Mapillary or (2011/12 vintage) Bing Streetside. In particular it would be nice to get speed limits coverage on 'A'-roads closer to 90-95%, but in areas where these things are well-mapped there's still plenty of potential. Therefore the task is both suitable for remote mapping and for additional survey work.

If the project works, it can be repeated for 'B'-roads.

Rationale: By generically improving 'A'-roads we can substantially improve OSM's usability for routing by goods vehicles. Also having the address structure along these roads likely makes it easier to guess the nature of addresses on side roads.

Beer

Pubs, bars & other licensed premises. Also breweries

Blue lights

Police, fire and ambulance stations, and associated infrastructure.

Possible link up with Blue Light Camp

Buildings

Find the largest areas marked as "building" on OSM and split them into individual properties if they are terraces, or other blocks of houses, e.g. https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=18/51.49809/-3.17932

Detailed mapping of railway and bus stations

There are excellent precedents for mapping public transport interchanges in a detail (e.g. OpenRailwayMap team in Germany & the Transilien In general the focus should be in adding information which helps with access. Adding access details may provide opportunities to engage with facility owners & promoting open data strategies for improving information about access for people with restricted mobility. Additionally these provide a special domain for mappers to learn about Simple 3D buildings & indoor tagging. 2016-December/019604

I think this would be a great project, and could extend to various features, c.f. e.g. London public transport map challenge - station entrances (and have a look at wheelmap for station entrances as well). There's a lot that needs to be done! Also see [1] for some of my own detailed mapping of some London tube stations. This could also include part of the first suggestion, to count steps within public transport stations/interchanges. Bjohas (talk) 14:44, 10 May 2017 (UTC)

Disabled parking spaces

The current method, amenity=parking_space disabled=yes, is not entirely satisfactory, but this is current practise. Capacity tags can be used, but don't show where disabled spaces are located in larger facilities. There may be some open data on this for some cities, e.g. Nottingham Most spaces will be in town/city centres and public & customer car parks. 2016-December/019604

Drinking Water

Public water fountains/taps, and also availability of (free) water from pubs, restaurants, etc. Maybe some tie-in / collaboration with Refill . (Possibly could be combined with public toilets for a quarterly project.)

Electric charging points

Is anyone doing this independently? This doesn't have to replicate existing work, we could convince a 3rd party to start using OSM as their primary store

https://www.zap-map.com/

This would pair well with the recycling suggestion below. (An eco-friendly quarter.)

Open Data available from the National Chargepoint Registry. An initial look shows this to not be very complete though: https://osm.mathmos.net/chargepoint/progress/ -- but it's probably still useful for getting our coverage up.

A useful thing for mappers would be a shorted "minimal tagging" guide for the UK market, which simplifies all the options in Tag:amenity=charging_station.

FixMe & notes

Notes *are* a way that, how can I say, 'less experienced' OSMers can communicate ideas/changes to us, and it is too easy to simply never see them. Jnicho02 (talk) 07:26, 6 June 2019 (UTC)

Is there an analysis tool showing number of notes per area? We could publish them regularly somewhere visible, like osmuk.org web site or the United Kingdom main page Jnicho02 (talk) 07:26, 6 June 2019 (UTC)

The iD Editor has a layer setting to display notes. I don't know how long the resolved notes hang around. Jnicho02 (talk) 07:26, 6 June 2019 (UTC)

GLAMs

Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums

GP surgeries

There is a gov data list of surgeries which could be cross-referenced

The Care and Quality Commission inspect and review every care-giving public entity in the UK e.g. Florence House Medical Practice, Manchester https://www.cqc.org.uk/location/1-550764239 which they currently have slightly to the west of its actual position node 1131252256 Jnicho02 (talk) 07:26, 6 June 2019 (UTC)

Missing/wrong road names

Parkruns

A spur-of-the-moment comment whilst discussing Preston Park, Brighton led to a number of comments about Parkrun mapping https://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/talk-gb/2019-June/023008.html There are pros and cons to consider. But, it would be politic to get them off of Google Maps Jnicho02 (talk) 07:26, 6 June 2019 (UTC)

https://overpass-turbo.eu/s/JI7

Public art

location, artist, material. Link up with Wikidata

Public toilets

Gail Ramster has done sterling work on the Great British Toilet Map. (Possibly could be combined with drinking water for a quarterly project.)

PRoWs

Public Rights of Way

Recycling, refill shops, waste disposal and repair shops

This would require a lot of local knowledge. Many councils publish informal lists of their recycling and waste disposal points, but the availability of facilities for recycling particular materials often differs on the ground.

This would pair well with the electric charging points suggestion above. (An eco-friendly quarter.)

I like this one as it is a chance to partner with local councils. Someone at my Brighton & Hove City Council has kindly added notes to show where recycling points are https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/RunaBHCC/notes I don't see these points mapped on their own website, only Recycling Centres aka 'the dump'. We could encourage other Councils to do the same. Jnicho02 (talk) 17:21, 4 June 2019 (UTC)
RecycleNow appears to have locations including shops https://www.recyclenow.com/local-recycling Jnicho02 (talk) 17:21, 4 June 2019 (UTC)

Shops

even where mapped, these soon fall out-of-date.

The work with Food Hygiene Rating Service data has helped with cafes, restaurants, supermarkets, off-licences, etc. Jnicho02 (talk) 08:01, 4 June 2019 (UTC)

Steps

In particular step counts.

SK53 said, "For many of us (parents, people with COPD (e.g., me, but I know other OSM contributors too) , older people, etc., etc.) steps are OK in small quantities, but beyond a certain number which will vary with the person (and what they are carrying). it may well be desirable to avoid them." 2016-December/019604

Universities

A major blitz on which University campuses have been mapped, and how well. Jnicho02 (talk) 08:13, 4 June 2019 (UTC)

Vets

maybe not enough to do on their own. Combine with shops?

Wind farms

DEFRA release open data about the location of wind farms, power stations, solar farms, etc. https://data.gov.uk/dataset/the-uk-renewable-energy-planning-database but the geolocation is pretty ropey. I've seen examples of power plants 1km away from where they actually are + small onshore wind farms 'located' at the applicants home address. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind_power_in_the_United_Kingdom states that https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delabole_wind_farm was the first onshore wind farm in the UK in 1991. http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=16/50.4823/-4.8578 Wind farms are an 'interesting' feature, a farm consists of multiple turbines but the land between the turbines continues to be used for grazing, etc. so it is a relation of turbines rather than a polygon perimeter. http://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/2918800 Jnicho02 (talk)

Wind turbines are easy to plot from aerial photographs as the cast an obvious shadow. Jnicho02 (talk)
The pywind project https://github.com/zathras777/pywind does some excellent work with the open data....maybe it should hook up with OSM? Jnicho02 (talk)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_onshore_wind_farms_in_the_United_Kingdom Jnicho02 (talk)
I've been doing this anyway, combined with @Russs Jnicho02 (talk) 08:01, 4 June 2019 (UTC)

Zoos

I love a tourism=zoo me....and a 2018 FOI request identified 330 Zoos in the United Kingdom I wonder if they are all mapped, and how well? Jnicho02 (talk) 08:13, 4 June 2019 (UTC)